Donald Groth, Ham, Jong, Zaunbrecher, Rick, Fontenot, Keith A., Li, Weike, Webster, Eric P., Bhavanam, Santhi, Mulcahy, Megan, Lucero, Julian, Oard, James H., Harrell, Dustin L., Deliberto, Michael, Kongchum, Manoch, Angira, Brijesh, Salassi, Michael, Wenefrida, Ida, Villegas, James M., Famoso, Adam, Utomo, Herry S., Wilson, Blake, Stout, Michael J.
Research at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station (HRCRRS), Crowley, LA, is conducted by scientists with the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. The 2019 rice research program included breeding/variety development, biotechnology, variety testing, fertilization, soil and water management, cultural practices, weed control, insect control, disease investigations, rice economics, and agronomy extension programs. Crops grown in rotation with rice were evaluated relative to increasing the efficiency of land use. The aquaculture research program places emphasis upon production practices, forages, andmulti-cropping of crawfish with agronomic crops. Another important area of work is the production and distribution of foundation seed. The HRCRRS also conducts research studies in improving species for coastal restoration. In addition, the statewide rice extension agronomist conducts numerous educational programs from the HRCRRS. Although most research work was performed by members of the Rice Station faculty, several faculty members from the Baton Rouge campus conducted research at this station as well.
The research activities of this station include both fundamental and applied research; although, the latter predominates because of the mission of the HRCRRS. Research accomplishments and general progress of the HRCRRS during 2019 are presented in this report representing the 111th Annual Research Report of the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, and LSU Agricultural Center. It is significant that this research facility has been providing new technology to the Louisiana rice industry for more than 100 years.
In addition to research responsibilities of the HRCRRS faculty and cooperators, many farmers, extension personnel, and others were trained and otherwise contacted during 2019. Approximately 500 people attended the annual HRCRRS field day to view plots and participate in discussions of research findings. Field days were also conducted in Acadia, Calcasieu, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, Morehouse, St. Landry, and Vermilion parishes. In addition, the faculty participated in industry meetings, both on and off the station, and worked individually with farmers and others in solving immediate problems. Several thousand people received services from the HRCRRS during 2019.
Projects at this station are conducted under the supervision of research scientists from the HRCRRS and by cooperating personnel from certain departments of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. Following the reports, station personnel and cooperators in 2019 are listed.